Losing to Washington on Saturday wasn’t on the checklist for Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker when the 2022 season started, but it also doesn’t crush any long-term hopes.
Michigan State fans have been quick to jump over the weaknesses of the team this season after the loss and they’re also somewhat down on their Spartans. But there’s really no reason to throw in the towel after one non-conference loss.
Here’s why MSU fans should remain optimistic after the deflating loss to Washington.
3. Michigan State football is going to get some guys back
Not having some key players against Washington was tough. It was clear early on that the absences of Jayden Reed and Jacob Slade along with Jeff Pietrowski and Aaron Brule really hurt.
Michigan State is only going to get healthier moving forward with Reed likely returning soon and Slade hopefully not out for too long. And then you have Xavier Henderson who isn’t going to be out for the year (knock on wood) and he’s instantly going to upgrade that defensive backfield that’s looking for a leader.
The Spartans will get pieces back and the injury bug is going to ease up a bit so the offense scrambling to replace Reed and the defense fighting to stay afloat without Henderson, Slade, Brule, and Pietrowski will soon get help.